"How Can Creators Make a Living When We Are Expected to Give Away Our Work for Free?" A panel discussion of the biggest questions facing writers and other creators in this digital age at the National Writers Union Digital Media Conference at the John D. O'Bryant African American Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States from 7-9:30 p.m. on 10/16/09. New technologies are doing amazing things in terms of allowing instantaneous communication between hundreds of millions of people around the globe. They are also inspiring more and more people to publish work of all kinds in all media for audiences large and small. But can people with the talent and drive to find an audience and sell their creative work still do so with a reasonable hope of supporting themselves ... and keeping control of the rights to their work? Is copyright relevant anymore, should new rights regimes replace it, or is there some kind of middle ground? Is all talk of creative rights outdated and antithetical to creative freedom? Will trades like journalism, book writing and documentary film making survive as is? Or change completely? Or even disappear? Will new developments like "citizen journalism" replace these traditional trades or augment them in some positive fashion? Are media corporations providing a public service by encouraging amateur creators to publish their work for free? Or are they simply exploiting amateurs and using them as a way to replace more expensive professionals? The panelists were: Dan Kennedy (moderator) of Northeastern Univ. Journalism Dept., Jason Pramas of the National Writers Union and Open Media Boston, Zach Seward of Nieman Journalism Lab, Lisa Williams of Placeblogger.com, Topper Carew, noted TV Producer and Writers Guild member, and Felicia M. Sullivan of Organizers' Collaborative, plus an introduction by Jeanne Harnois of the National Writers Union. Recording by David Goodman of IBIS Radio and Open Media Boston. Copyright 2009 David Goodman.